Evidence of ending of previous marriage or civil partnership

One of the following original documents must be provided to the superintendent registrar as evidence of the ending of a previous marriage or civil partnership of a person giving a notice of marriage.

  • Person’s decree absolute of divorce or decree of nullity of marriage granted by a court of civil jurisdiction in England and Wales;
  • Person’s dissolution order or nullity order obtained in England or Wales in accordance with Part 2 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004;
  • a document, or documents, confirming the person’s divorce or annulment granted by a court of civil jurisdiction in any part of the British Islands and recognised in the United Kingdom in accordance with section 44 of the Family Law Act 1986);
  • a document, or documents, confirming the dissolution or annulment of the person’s civil partnership granted by a court of civil jurisdiction in the United Kingdom and recognised in accordance with section 233 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004;
  • a document, or documents confirming the person’s divorce or annulment obtained in a country outside the British Islands and recognised in the United Kingdom in accordance with either:
    1. sections 45 to 49 of the Family Law Act 1986; or
    2. articles 21 to 27, 41(1) or 42(1) of the Council Regulation;
  • a document, or documents confirming the dissolution or annulment of the person’s civil partnership obtained outside the United Kingdom and recognised in accordance with either:
    1. sections 234 to 237 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004; or
    2. regulations made under section 219 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004);
  • the death certificate of the person’s spouse or civil partner (the marriage/civil partnership certificate is also required if the person’s name is not shown on their late partner’s death certificate)
  • the presumed death certificate of the person’s spouse or civil partner issued under paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to the Presumption of Death Act 2013); (the marriage/civil partnership certificate is also required if the person’s name is not shown on their late partner’s death certificate)

If none of the documents listed above are available to confirm the ending of the person’s previous marriage or civil partnership please ring the office on 01254 588660 or email registrars@blackburn.gov.uk for advice.

Where any document listed above was created outside the United Kingdom and is not in English, a full translation must also be provided.

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